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h/t: PA Gun Blog

In the report recently released by the ATF addressing (and summarily dismissing) the public comments from last year, the ATF regards that Three-Gun competitions aren’t enough of a sport because of the wide difference between the number of hunters and three-gunners (disregarding the high likelihood of overlap between the two groups). Since 19,000 people is such a small number.

…[S]tatistics suggest that the United States Practical Shooting Association has
approximately 19,000 members who participate in “three gun” or similar competitions.
Conversely, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that in 2006, 10.7 million licensed
individuals participated in hunting within the U.S. Using this data, those participating in tactical
shooting comprised approximately .18% of those participating in hunting.

I mean, no activity should ever be considered a sport with such a small number of participants, especially when dwarfed by another sport; like, say, curling vs basketball. Only 16,000* people in the US actively participate in curling compared to nearly everyone in the US that ever attended a PE class.

 

*according to the US Curling Association (PDF warning, statistic on page 12)

If you haven’t seen it, Kel-tec has come out with yet another interesting addition to their lineup – a shotgun.

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For some strange reason, the first thing I thought of when I saw the KSG was a stormtrooper rifle from Star Wars. I know, I know. The E-11 is constructed out of an old Sterling rifle; and they actually don’t have a lot in common other than being compact and black. Never the less, that was the first association I had.

Then I saw a small demo video from the SHOT show and a feature mentioned was a switch to change which tube fed into the action. Wheels began to turn – you could put two different kinds of ammunition and use the switch to select; Buckshot in one tube, slugs in another. Or maybe breaching rounds, or even…bean bags…wait a minute…

Set for stun!

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Now I’ve never even seen a beanbag round, let alone know if they’re effective, but the concept is certainly something that caused me to laugh out loud. If the gun functions how I think it does, you’d have to chamber a new round after changing your selection, probably ejecting a live round. Overall, in my amateur opinion, its most likely not a feasible application.

But it was fun to think about.